THE MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham, officially opened a new £6.8m state-of-the-art unit at Leigh Infirmary as part of Wigan hospitals trust’s ongoing £70m investment programme.
The new Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre was opened by the shadow health secretary and houses the Leigh Endoscopy Department, Richmond Urology Unit and Women’s Healthcare Unit, in addition to a new Endoscope Re-processing Unit.
The unit is the largest clinical services building developed by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust since Phase IV opened at Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in 2004.
WWL consultant urological surgeon, Dr Jawad Husain, said: “WWL’s major investment in the Hanover Diagnostic and Treatment Centre means Leigh Infirmary now boasts a world-class NHS healthcare facility to complement the highly trained, multi-disciplinary team of expert consultants, nurses and allied health professionals.
“The new Hanover is an excellent example of how modern healthcare buildings can successfully blend an innovative approach to construction while supporting staff in providing a first-class NHS service to the people of Leigh and Wigan.”
WWL say that in just nine months, the old Hanover building was transformed into an iconic landmark, a contemporary design delivering high quality services for Leigh Infirmary patients and staff. They also say it is a sustainable building on target to achieve the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) Healthcare rating of “Very Good”, and it won the UK Building Better Healthcare Award in November 2013.
WWL chief executive, Andrew Foster, said: “NHS hospital staff in Wigan and Leigh achieve some of the best outcomes in the region for our patients, and will continue to do so from this modern facility designed with the needs of patients in mind.”